What inspires? What sparks creation?

There are as many answers to this as there are ideas. Leading clients through the ideation process is one of the several services we provide at Dawn. Often we use quotes to spark a discussion. We seek out quotes where the writer skillfully uses words to express and illuminate an idea in a powerful or provocative way. You’ll find some of our favorites here, including ones that have the power to alter a mindset. If you’re looking for a favorite author or a particular subject, use our search function to find these quotes from the illuminating nuggets we’ve collected.

Don't look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.

Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.

– Annie Lamott

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. - Dwight Eisenhower

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

– Dwight Eisenhower

"Knowledge is learning something new every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day." - Zen Proverb

Knowledge is learning something new every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.

– Zen Proverb

Believe that life is worth living

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

– William James

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

– e.e. cummings

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Do or do not. There is no try.

– Yoda

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

– Muriel Rukeyser

I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.

I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.

– Henry David Thoreau

When you arise in the morning

When you arise in the morning, think about what a precious privilege it is to be alive. To breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

– Marcus Aurelius

What is a weed?

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.

– Jonathan Safran Foer

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The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

– William Shakespeare

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Silence isn’t absence. It is complete presence.

– Karen Maezen Miller

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If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

– Lao Tzu

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The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.

– Meister Eckhart

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The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

– Albert Einstein

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If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

– Wayne Dyer

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It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.

– Lena Horne

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The possible’s slow fuse is lit by the imagination.

– Emily Dickinson

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Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different?

– C.S. Lewis

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